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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Spalding shoots 69, makes cut CORNING, N.Y. — Billings golfer Leslie Spalding shot a 3-under 69 Friday and made the cut at the $1 million LPGA Corning Classic.

Spalding is tied for 66th place at 1-under-par 143 (74-69) after 36 holes of play at the Corning Country Club. Catriona Matthew and Lorie Kane are tied for first at 12-under 132.

The cut was made at 143.

Spalding's Friday round included five birdies — including all three par 5s — and two bogeys.

This weekend's third and fourth rounds will be televised on The Golf Channel from noon-3 p.m. both days.

Wanderaas transfers to Rocky Quarterback Shawn Wanderaas, who redshirted last year with NAIA national champion Carroll College, is transferring to Rocky Mountain College to play football.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Wanderaas was a Class C all-state quarterback during his senior season at Harlowton. He passed for 1,844 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading the Engineers to the state quarterfinals during his senior year.

Wanderaas will be a redshirt freshman at Rocky.

Rocky coach Clay Moose also announced the signing of three other players — including Marc Rogers, a quarterback from Yuba (Calif.) College. The 6-foot, 195-pound Rogers is from Elk Grove, Calif.

Issac Greer, an outside linebacker from Butte (Calif.) College, and A.J. Kuck, a 6-0, 190-pound defensive back from Montague, Calif., have also signed with the Bears. The 6-2, 210-pound Greer is from San Francisco.

Rocky signs West's Schillinger Amy Schillinger, a starting guard on Billings West's Class AA state championship team, has signed a letter of intent to join the women's basketball program at Rocky Mountain College.

The 5-foot-6 Schillinger averaged seven points, two assists and two steals per game last season for the Lady Bears. She was a team captain and a two-year starting guard.

Schillinger scored eight points as West capped a 20-3 season with a 56-51 victory over Missoula Hellgate in the state title game last March in Great Falls.

West's Vicars signs with Tech BUTTE — Billings West guard Shelli Vicars has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Montana Tech, coach Meg Murphy announced.

The 5-foot-5 Vicars received honorable mention all-tournament honors as West won the state Class AA tournament in March.

Vicars shot 42 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line during her career.

She also earned all-state honors in volleyball and softball.

Flathead golfer signs with Rocky Shawna Elliott of Flathead High School in Kalispell has signed a letter of intent to join the women's golf team at Rocky Mountain College.

Elliott placed 10th at the State Class AA tournament last fall and Kalispell finished third in the team standings. She was the team captain and voted as her team's Player of the Year.

Elliott golfed for three years at Kalispell. She also participated in basketball and volleyball as a freshman and sophomore.

Rocky's women's team has won five straight Frontier Conference championships and has appeared five times at the NAIA national championships.

French signs with UT-Chattanooga Three-time state wrestling champion Wayne French of Malta has signed a letter of intent with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

French won the 160 pound title this year, going 36-0. He compiled a career record of 142-4 and also won state titles at 112 as freshman and 130 as a sophomore. French finished second at 145 in his junior year.

Stephens to play at USA festival Chris Stephens, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Forsyth, has been selected to participate in the boys basketball competition in the USA Junior Nationals Sports Festival July 7-13 in Columbus, Ohio.

This past season Stephens averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game in helping the Dogies to a 19-6 record and the South-East B Conference championship as well as a second-place finish at the district tournament.

Buffalo fishing derby opens today BUFFALO, Wyo. — The 20th annual Buffalo Lions Memorial Day Fishing Derby will be held today, Sunday and Monday at Lake DeSmet, seven miles north of Buffalo on I-90.

Cost of tickets to enter the derby are $25 for all three days or $10 per day.

More than $60,000 in prizes and cash will be awarded for catching specially tagged fish and in daily drawings. Contests will be held each day for rainbow, cutthroat, and brown by weight, length and overall. Your daily registration will enter you into the drawings each day. There will also be daily contests for kids who are registered.

Bull riding event set in Cody CODY, Wyo. — Big names and big air will be featured in the fifth annual Bubba Harris Memorial Bull Riding event on Saturday.

The show, billed as an "extreme event," will include cowboys competing for top cash in the bull-riding competition and, in a new twist this year, free-style motocross jumping.

Forty of the top cowboys from the U.S. and Canada will compete for $7,500 in prize money during the bull-riding contest. Judges will be Clint Branger and Scott Breding, members of the Professional Bull Riders.

A junior bull-riding contest also will be held for competitors 14 and younger.

Motorcycle riders will compete for $500 in a jumping competition.

The event, named after a rodeo rider who died in 1997, has grown each year, according to Timber Tuckness, one of the organizers.

"This time of the year is one reason for the success of this event," he said. "Memorial weekend is a slow weekend for pro cowboys and not many other events are going on at the same time."

Each year, money raised from the event is given to a scholarship and for community projects.

The main event, held at Stampede Park, begins at 7 p.m. Pre-event tickets are $20, which includes a raffle for a rifle, gun and area rug. Tickets at the gate are $13, free for kids 12 and younger.

An autograph party, featuring Branger and Breding, will be held at 4 p.m. at Whiskey River Saloon. Autographs will also be signed after the event at the Irma Hotel.